Bruce Lee Estate Tries To Stop CGI Appearance

Bruce Lee’s family is trying to keep his name and image from being portrayed by CG in the martial arts sequel Ip Man 3.

Last week we reported that the sequel IP Man 3 cast former boxing champion Mike Tyson alongside Donnie Yen. The production also announced that it will use a CGI rendering of Bruce Lee, instead of choosing an actor to play the martial arts icon. Today, The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Bruce LeeWilson’s family is trying to prevent his name, image and story from being used in director Wilson Yip’s film.

2010’s Ip Man and 2011’s Ip Man 2 are both based on the true story of Ip Man (Donnie Yen), the martial arts master who created the style known as Wing Chun, whose student the most famous was Bruce Lee. The first two films did not appear Bruce Lee as a character, focusing on Ip Man’s early years in China. Producers couldn’t find a suitable actor to star Bruce Lee on screen in IP Man 3so they decided to create his likeness using CGI.


Bruce Lee Enterprises LLC declares to have the “undisputed ownership” of all intellectual property rights related to the martial arts icon, including his name, image, personality, signature, voice, attributes, marks, logos , his symbols, his works, his photographs and his writings. The company said The Hollywood Reporter that they were “rightly shocked” to learn about the use projects Bruce Leelikeness, which is “completely unauthorized”. Here is what Bruce Lee Corporate Legal Director Kris Storti had to say in a statement.

“To state it unequivocally, BLE intends to seek all remedies available to it to prevent Pegasus from including the computer-generated version of Bruce Lee in IP Man 3.”

IP Man 3producers work with Bruce LeeThe brother of, Robert Lee, who acts as a consultant. Hong Kong-based Pegasus Motion Pictures, which is producing the sequel, claims that Robert Lee controls Bruce Leethe intellectual property rights of, but Bruce Lee Enterprises claims that is not the case. Producer and President of Pegasus Raymond Wang said the matter was now being handled by their attorneys and an announcement would be made shortly. Would you have liked to see a CGI completely Bruce Lee in IP Man 3? Let us know what you think below.

Kimberly B. Nguyen